Congratulations, Florida: You've been spared the wrath of the U.S. Navy for now.
A series of bombing exercises planned with both live and inert munitions for this week at an impact range nestled in Florida's Ocala National Forest were abruptly canceled on Wednesday, a Naval Air Station Jacksonville official told the Orlando Sentinel.
Navy aircraft were scheduled to conduct the exercises between Monday and Thursday of this week at the 5,760-acre Pinecastle Range Complex, according to the NAS Jacksonville, with live munitions scheduled for the morning and inert bombs for the evening.
The Orlando Sentinel notes that the Pinecastle Range Complex is both "unfenced" and in close proximity to nearby campgrounds and hiking trails. But the real threat isn't accidentally getting blown out of your hiking boots, according to NAS Jacksonville — it's bears.
"During bombing periods wildlife may be temporarily displaced," NAS Jacksonville explains. "Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National Forest and surrounding areas. Secure any items around your residence that could attract wildlife. Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bearwise measures."
The reason for the cancellation remains unclear, and NAS Jacksonville public affairs did not immediately respond to request for comment from Task & Purpose. Florida, man.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.